Gutierrez and Hulkenberg in running for Sauber race seat

Race winner Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Lotus ART celebrates in parc ferme with Peter Sauber (SUI) Sauber Team Principal. GP2 Series, Rd 4, Race 2, Valencia, Spain, Sunday 26 June 2011.Oct.12 (GMM) Peter Sauber has all but confirmed reports that Mexican GP2 driver Esteban Gutierrez and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg are in the running to drive for the Swiss team in 2013.

With Sergio Perez heading to McLaren, the fact that Sauber is retaining the Telmex sponsorship is a sign that the team could move its other Mexican – Gutierrez, into the race seat next season.

And incumbent Kamui Kobayashi admitted in Korea that his seat is in doubt because he has been asked to bring a sponsor to the team for 2013.

Sauber is close to the veteran Blick correspondent Roger Benoit, who in recent weeks has said that Gutierrez and Force India’s Hulkenberg are the favourites for any vacancies at the Hinwil based team for next season.

“I think Blick has mentioned all of the possibilities, and there are no more suspects than that,” Sauber is quoted by the newspaper.

Earlier, Sauber – set to turn 69 – announced that he has finally handed over as team principal to chief executive Monisha Kaltenborn.

“You have to let go,” Peter Sauber told Blick. “But anyone who thinks I have lost interest is completely wrong,” added the man who will remain president of the board of directors and two-thirds team owner.

Sauber said he made his decision to hand over to Kaltenborn when, from Switzerland, he watched Kobayashi finish on the Suzuka podium.

“Yes, just like that,” he told Benoit.

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  • JodyRenza

    Hopefully Sauber will take Gutierrez…he’s a star in the making.Hulkenberg should stay with Force India because I think they will get stronger…their pace has been very good lately!

  • Mohammed Emaaduddin

    I hope Hulkenberg stays at Force India…
    And I want Kamui Kobayashi also to stay at Sauber…